ABS Mastersmith (2004) Burt Foster started making knives as a hobby at nineteen, full time in 2001. Burt forges 52100, W-2, and his own Damascus, as well as doing his own heat treating. "I had an opportunity in my late twenties to leave the indoor safety of a regular job, and see if once again, I could step further into the unknown and make a living from the hobby I loved. Every day I leave my house in Virginia and walk about 300 feet to my shop and continue the adventure. I work alone because I do my best work that way, and as I work on today's knife, I work out the idea for tomorrow's."